A Nigerian sales clerk has been suspended after she told auditors that a snake had eaten 36m naira.
That’s the equivalent of $100,000 or Shs 360 million.
The clerk, Philomena Chieshe, was working at an office for the Nigerian examination board which collects exam fees.
The exam board, the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), said it dismissed her claim and has started disciplinary proceedings.
JAMB said the case was that of pure criminality and fraud on the part of one of its staff.
The incident has been ridiculed by Nigerians on social media.
Reacting to the bizarre report, the anti graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on its official twitter page @officialEFCC jocularly said: ”an eagle(EFCC) shows no mercy for money-swallowing snake(s).”
A Twitter user ”Mr. aye Dee” said: ”I wonder if people realise the hungry snake that wanted to register for JAMB but ended up eating N36 million from the JAMB office in Makurdi did this prior to 2015.
“This naughty snake was discovered ONLY because Buhari’s admin decided to audit finances of JAMB offices nationwide.”
Another user, Imoh Umoren, said: ”This is a strange country. November 2008: satellite we built for 40 billion disappears. September 2004: Ship laden with 30,000 barrels of oil disappears August 2017: Rats chase the President out of office February 2018: Snake swallows 36 million from JAMB. I need a beer.”
A user, Wale Adetona, said: “What kind of snake entered JAMB’s office and didn’t bite the gateman or the clerk but went ahead to swallow N36 million?”
One tweeter suggests it would be an unreasonable amount of bank notes for one snake to handle.